Total Grower Services have extensive experience in improving fodder crop systems such as oats. The core of our oats agronomy success comes from our focus on maximising soil health and the inclusion of soil inoculants in our programs.
In oats and other fodder and broadacre crops, we have proven results in lifting productivity with the use of advanced soil bio-stimulants.
These soil treatments
- maximise nutrient availability and uptake
- increase rooting depth
- improve water infiltration and soil moisture holding capacity
- stimulate resilience and yield increases.
The productivity gains we get for farmers have whole system benefits.
- soil health
- soil structure
- soil biodiversity
One of the biggest problems facing Australian farmers is soil compaction. In oats crops this can be a major limitation. Compaction is often caused by:
- previous farm management practices or
- heavy trafficking following a wet harvest
The creation of stable humus with advanced bio-stimulants loosens the soil and allows better rooting depth and increased water infiltration. By adding this advanced microbial complex to the soil, the soil macro and micro fauna populations return. (e.g. worms)
Water Penetration and Deeper Roots
By increasing water penetration and rooting depth in your system we can build in greater crop resilience through the dryer months.
The act in itself of allowing plant roots to access the maximum depth of the soil profile, only further improves soil structure and water infiltration as the root systems of previous crops breakdown leaving an improved soil capillary network.
Improved Nutrient Uptake
Nutrient uptake is of key importance in oats and other fodder or broadacre crops. We have a strong history of being able to increase this with biological technology and by achieving increased nutrients availability.
Phosphorous and Nitrogen
We use soil inoculants that contain phosphorus solubilising mechanisms. These assist in releasing phosphorus which are locked up in the soil.
Under good biological rotational farming systems high yielding crops are also routinely grown using less chemical nitrogen inputs.
Wins On All Levels
This in real terms translates to a reduction in the quantity of chemical fertilizer inputs required at planting – reducing overall input costs, utilising more advanced techniques and using practices that are sustainable for the health of your farmland and the waterways nearby.